New Daughters of Africa at Edinburgh International Book Festival


Margaret Busby’s historical anthology Daughters of Africa was published 27 years ago to international acclaim. Now there’s a companion volume. New Daughters of Africa is a glorious portrayal of the richness and range of over 200 contemporary women writers of African descent, showcasing a global sweep and diversity through memoir, letters, stories, poetry, essays and more.

Contributing authors Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Bernardine Evaristo, Leila Aboulela and Candice Carty-Williams join Busby at Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss the collection.

‘This remarkable book constitutes a powerful affirmation of literary achievement, demonstrating that contemporary black women writers are part of a vital and extensive tradition. Just as significantly, the anthology brings these works into dialogue with one another, becoming a potent assertion of a collective identity that transcends political, religious, linguistic, regional and generational boundaries… The book’s structure also helps the reader to discern subtle shifts in the way certain themes are represented over time… New Daughters of Africa demonstrates that this work does not exist in a vacuum. Black women writers have always had something significant to say to the world and to each other.’The Times Literary Supplement

This event is part of the festival’s Telling Her Story series. Tickets can be bought from the 25th June on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.